Peaking around as I do, I found more videos of that dog from yesterdays post.
This dog is just the bestest! There are a lot of videos that have been put up featuring him.
Have a look, get ready to smile and go awww a bunch of times.
His name is Murkin
and gives the word Gentle new meaning.
This one is too cute
Did you feel a bit of a glow watching the videos?
There has been a lot of research with the relationship between a dog and its owner. The benefits to each go deeper than a pat on the head or tail wag. The friendship of a dog is equated to be the same as that with a human companion. Raising self esteem levels. What this means is less depression and interestingly, lower stress levels, lower cholesterol and less risk of heart attacks.
It goes much further than this. Blood pressure has been recorded to be lower in pet owners in studies that look at the same groups of high stress workers.
Dogs can be trained to help not just the sight impaired, but as I pointed out in previous posts, with many disorders as well. Dogs sense when their best friend is upset and will go through great antics to lessen this mood, from a cuddle to sudden bursts of clownish behaviour to entertain. Or they will just stare deeply into your eyes with understanding.
Playing with your puppy and yes kitten, releases chemicals in your brain. Serotonin and dopamine, if you have followed along you know how these neurotransmitters can reduce depression.
Walking your dog can help you with panic attacks and general anxiety. This increases your self confidence. Amazing!
Pet ownership is tricky, you have to get up to feed them, make sure there is water, let them out or walk them.. this planned day can help get you into more healthy routines. Depression is cruel and often will hold you in bed, on a chair, under a blanket for days/weeks/months and not let you up. Depression lies though and your puppy will soon point that out. Soon walking daily makes you realize that depression lied and you can do things, can get out and how it feels so good.
Divorced? Divorce is tough, all that routine, a friend, all gone in a blink. Loneliness sets in quickly, depression almost always. You don’t have to be alone. There is a companion waiting at a shelter with its tail ready to wag.